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In the eternal quest to adhere to “sustainability”, Lamborghini will apparently be fitting the Aventador with a start-stop system and cylinder deactivation. Am I the only one that finds the recent trend of eco-friendly supercars ridiculous?

We can argue over their relevance in today’s wider world, what direction they should take (lightweight and pure, like a McLaren F1 or obese but rapidmissiles like the Bugatti Veyr0n) and what even qualifies as a supercar when there are record numbers of Ferraris and Gallardos being built, to the point where they no longer turn heads in major urban centers.

One thing we can agree on is that the supercar, in all its forms, is the absolute zenith of what the automobile can achieve in terms of performance and technological achievement. That doesn’t mean that they can’t strive for greater efficiency. I see no negative effect on making cars more efficient. But it must be done in the right way, rather than in a manner that panders to the pseudo-religious zeitgeist that demands we be “green” without ever really explaining why, beyond a bunch of theoretical doomsday scenarios that would send us back to pre-Industrial agrarian communities (which is a positive development for some hairshirt green types…but that’s another topic). That path is why we have all kinds of technological solutions which impose significant weight penalties while returning minimal gains in fuel consumption and emissions reduction.

Nowadays, you can’t attend a Porsche product demonstration without hearing their spiel about a committment to the environment and the planet. It’s so transparently contrived and disingenuous that it’s almost nauseating. My driving partner and I sat through it at the 2013 Porsche Boxster launch, and after a minute of dealing with the start-stop system, we promptly hit the “Off” button. On the other end of the spectrum, we have silly systems like GM’s eAssist, which are pseudo-hybrid systems that don’t give the car a competitive advantage in terms of “MPGs”, but take up weight and space.

The one true path to creating a “greener” supercar – or any car – is light weight. There is no way around it. Yes, cars have become heavier, and despite what the auto-dork purist crowd will tell you, it’s not all bad; you probably won’t be horribly mutilated or killed in an impact anymore, and they’re quite nice places to be, what with satellite radio and heated  and cooled seats (which are apparently more efficient than using the climate control system) – but something has to give.

Imagine if the next Acura NSX didn’t have a hybrid system; just an Earth Dreams V6, making 350 horsepower (say we sacrifice some efficiency in the name of power) but the car was radically light weight – kind of like what Honda did last time around. Yes, the NSX wasn’t terrible fuel-efficient by our standards, but the powertrain and the mindset behind it, is now 20+ years old. What could be done with current knowledge in the fields of engines, aerodynamics and lightweight construction, minus the heavy battery packs and hybrid motors?

The NSX is a supercar that can theoretically be driven every single day. The Aventador isn’t. Focusing on a efficiency for a car that will be used sparingly seems like a foolish misallocation of brainpower and resources. Even if it does get 11 mpg around town (likely less with all the revving at stoplights and burst of acceleration the cretin owners are likely to engage in), it’s on the road for perhaps a couple of hours at a time, once or twice a month. The net gain in carbon emissions is inconsequential. The V12 engine is an endangered species, and anyone looking for that carnal blast of noise would be let down by the pedestrian drone of a V6 once the cylinder-deactivation system kicks in.

This is why the Lexus LFA is so admirable. There is a contingent that cannot look past the numbers, and can only type out a spastic admonishment that “(Insert supercar here, or a Nissan GTR) would smoke this thing”. The accomplishment at hand is lost on them, as well as those who rightfully appreciate the amazing, hand-crafted V10 and gorgeous styling. The LFA mostly exists as a test bed for carbon fiber vehicle construction, a way to justify the costs of all of this R&D in the guise of a halo car marketing exercise for Toyota and Lexus.

Subsequent breakthroughs will allow us to have our cake and eat it too; all the safety and supplemental comforts that we are used to, with no drop-off in performance and efficiency. It is expensive, difficult and time-consuming, which is why most car companies are unable to explore radical solutions for reducing mass at this time. And lest we forget how pleasing it is to drive something free of unnecessary mass, light on its feet, with sharp reflexes and the unparalleled feeling of not knowing where you end and the car begins.

The likelihood is that we’ll continue to see more of these measures, like start-stop systems and hybrid drivetrains in the dream machines of tomorrow. In some cases, like the Porsche 918 and the Acura NSX, they do exist in the name of pushing the performance envelope. In the case of the Aventador, they are a naked PR move to appease a contingent of people who are not going to be Aventador customers, and often have a reflexive distaste for “the rich”, without ever realizing that they too are human beings, with insecurities and regrets and a hankering for escapism through consumption. Which is what compels them to buy the Aventador in the first place.

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Chinese Police Nabs Fake Lamborghini http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/chinese-police-arrests-fake-lamborghini/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/chinese-police-arrests-fake-lamborghini/#comments Fri, 17 Jun 2011 12:31:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=399144

A month ago, our friends at Carnewschina spotted an odd creation in Kumming, a Chinese city that is famous for other products than cars. The owner of a hair salon (we don’t know what kind of a hair salon, some hair salons in China are famous for other services than hair cutting) was infatuated with the new Lamborghini Aventador. What he didn’t like was the $968,426 sticker price (MSRP, landed in China, taxes included, and yes, you did read right.) So the hairdresser called on the local roadside sheet metal fabricator, showed him a picture and said: “Can you make that?”

“Mei wen ti” (no problem) was the answer. The barber of Kumming handed over a 1995 Nissan Bluebird with a 200hp 2 liter turbocharged 6-cylinder engine from the Nissan Cefiro, along with 90,000 yuan ($14,000). The fabricator fired-up his welder. 12 days later, the barber had the above.

The switchblade doors alone would be worth $14,000 …

Today, Carnewschina checked in again on the barber of Kumming.  The don’t waste any time in China: The car is painted, it has glass, and it looks downright stealthy.

The interior needs a little work. The sheet metal shop said this wasn’t their department.

The proud owner took the beer budget Aventador on a cruise to downtown Kumming. But what’s that in the back? It’s the fuzz!

A few minutes later, the car was confiscated. Kumming’s finest had several issues with the car. For one, there was no license plate. The excuse that there is no place to put one didn’t cut it. 500 yuan ($77) fine. The much bigger dilemma: The car doesn’t look like a Nissan Bluebird. When a car is registered in China, a picture is taken of the car. If the car doesn’t resemble the picture, you have a problem.  An insidious punishment was handed down:The barber was ordered to restore the car to its original documented shape. According to local press, the car sits in the Kumming impound, “pending further investigation.”

I bet if you make an offer, you can pick it up for cheap. Contact Carnewschina for the address of the barber shop.

 

 

 

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Lambo’s Latest Bull Caught In The Wild http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/lambo%e2%80%99s-latest-bull-caught-in-the-wild/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/lambo%e2%80%99s-latest-bull-caught-in-the-wild/#comments Tue, 01 Feb 2011 09:53:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=382473

Germany’s auto motor und sport magazine caught Lamborghini’s Murcielago-successor Aventador in the wild, only covered by some artsy pasties on the paintjob. It should be available for viewing without the camouflage at the Geneva Auto Salon.

AMS thinks the car will be called Aventador LP 700-4, “because it has a newly developed V12 engine, which produces 700 hp out of 6.5 liters of displacement, and puts them on the road permanently via all 4 wheels.” Ach so. And what stands “LP” for then? Lots’o’Power?

Lambo is the only company that is proud to sell you lots of bull. Like Murcielago and other cars before, Aventador is the name of a fighting bull. Watch for PETA people if you buy one.

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